LONDON: Sri Lanka’s England tour will go ahead in January and will include two tests behind closed doors in Galle, the Cricket Board of England and Wales (ECB) said on Wednesday.
Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the ECB and Sri Lanka Cricket have settled on bio-security and travel schedules for the rearranged tour since the series was postponed in March.
On Jan 3, England’s touring party will arrive in Sri Lanka and will play two tests in Galle beginning on Jan 14 and Jan 22.
Upon arrival in Sri Lanka, visitors will be put under quarantine in Hambantota. During that time, players will be able to practise at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium for five days, from 5 to 9 January.
After a host of positive Covid-19 checks, England is expected to travel back from South Africa on Thursday following the postponement of the three-match One-day International series.
England is aiming to complete its World Test Championship campaign with the tour of India in February after the Sri Lanka series, subject to confirmation of the India tour schedule.
The two-match series is part of the World Test Championship and will be the inaugural tournament’s penultimate series for England.
England, behind Australia and India, are third in the standings.
The last completed Sri Lanka Test Tour of England was in November 2018, when they secured a 3-0 three-match series.